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Radon 10th Anniversary live at Seizure's Palace
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
It's a rare case where an experimental music label actually wanders the world without a real home base; Scott Nydegger's Radon label is such, picking up new additions to its roster in unlikely locales, and intermingling its players to create some unique sounds. WFMU occasionally catches up with this crew, and this time Radon lands at Seizure's Palace studios in Brooklyn to celebrate it's decade-long activities with a morphing, hour long three-part jam with Sikhara, HHY and the Drums of Habnom, and United Scum Soundclash.


Betsy fills in, Zachary Cale performs
Monday, December 28th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
Sound and Safe with Trent
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Zachary Cale stops by WFMU to sing a few tunes, when Betsy Nichols' fills in on Sound & Safe. WFMU's John Allen describes Cale as "a songwriter's songwriter, as prolific as he is original. His voice can be delicate for love or wry for satire. The ability to hear what is in a song has guided him well in the making of his own. While the influence of traditional American music is always present in his compositions, he is able to infuse something fresh and new to the form."


Special: Best of HotRod archive show featuring DJ Set from Stereolab's Tim Gane!
Friday, December 25th, 2009, 6am - 9am
on
HotRod's show

Music To Spazz By Xmas Fiasco
Thursday, December 24th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Dave the Spazz delivers the goods with hall-wreckin', eggnog-soakin', chimney-slidin', rock & roll Xmas songs that don't suck!


Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza (fill in for Fabio)
Thursday, December 24th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza

Kenzo will bring in thousands of sound samples and musical fragments, set them free, and hope they get along with each other, in a new episode of his ongoing live improvised sound collage experiment, while the HyperPlaylist 0,000,000,000 provides second-by-second updates. Call in live and contribute your noises. You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all different.


C. Spencer Yeh / Chris Corsano / Nate Wooley, Part 2
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009, 6am - 9am
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
(Hear Part 1 here.)  This supergroup of C. Spencer Yeh on violin/voice (Burning Star Core), Chris Corsano on drums (Flaherty/Corsano Duo, Bjork, Cold Bleak Heat, etc.), and Nate Wooley on trumpet (Melee, Crackleknob, Nate Wooley Quartet, solo, etc.) convene as a trio to cover WFMU's Love Room with sonic gold improv dust. Tune in and pad your portfolio.


Festive Holiday Dance Party at Eternal Christmas: A Yuletide Dreamland
Monday, December 21st, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
Sound and Safe with Trent
Join DJ Trent and the crew from Brooklyn's most psycho-bibliodelic rock band Flaming Fire at their freshly-installed art/storefront wonderland, ETERNAL CHRISTMAS: A YULETIDE DREAMLAND for a schmaltzy, energetic, and stupidly cheerful dance party to celebrate the year 2009 and having a fun time in general. Come on out to 525 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn for a celebration of art, tunes, dry ice sculptures, drinks, and all that kind of stuff. Or tune in and host a dance party in your own house. WARNING: Sandwich-making contest may occur.


Olivia Block
Monday, December 21st, 2009, Midnight - 3am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Chicago sound sculptor Olivia Block has composed for chamber ensemble, worked with field recordings and electronic processing and co-designed an audio installation the size of a football field. She visited WFMU to weave tissues through our piano strings and put a microphone on the back door. The results can be heard this Sunday on The Brother Lucy Show, starting at midnight.


Curumin: July at Christmas!
Saturday, December 19th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Curumin brought his warm soulful Brazilian musical blends from São Paulo to New York City for a big Central Park Summerstage concert this past July.  While he was here he stopped by WFMU with his band to record a sultry summer session, and we combat the winter chill by serving Curumin's aural hot toddy for your listening pleasure this evening.


CBC X-mas Party with the Reigning Sound
Saturday, December 19th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Reigning Sound make their triumphant return to the Cherry Blossom Clinic Dec 19, Sat from 3-6pm! Fresh off the release of their epic new album "Love and Curses," the Reigning Sound (this time including WFMU's own Dave Amels in their lineup!) will deliver the rock as only they can. Reigning Sound will bring their amazing, passionate rock (and maybe even play a Christmas song or 2) once again for WFMU! So tune in Sat Dec 19 from 3-6pm for the beautiful and crazy Reigning Sound Cherry Blossom Clinic Christmas Party!


Live From Ireland
Friday, December 18th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Once again this Christmas time in Dublin, WFMU's globe-trotting remote broadcast unit will return to the Irish capital for another live broadcast from All City hip-hop music and graffiti supply store in the city centre when the guests will feature a variety of Irish emcees, DJs, b-boys, and graffiti artists. These will include I.N.K One, OB & the All City DJs, Rubber Bandits, Tu-Ki, Fruitman, Handsome Paddy, Laz-E, the Vince Mack Mahon crew, Mos Chops, Deep Burial,The Class Az's, Rob Kelly, Captain Moonlight, Chris Golding and former Irish DMC champ and Scary Eire member DJ Mek. There will also be a special tribute to past WFMU live from Ireland guest emcee Lunitic who died earlier this year at age 25 - a victim of heart failure. If you happen to be in Dublin, Ireland on December 18th stop by the live broadcast at All City at 7 Crow Street in the Temple Bar district of the city centre where the broadcast is 8pm to 11pm local time which 3-6pm Jersey City time on WFMU.


Triple Duff! Nardwuar vs. Hilary Duff, Duff McKagan and Duffy!
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Last week it was "All Ice" (Ice Cube, Ice T and Vanilla Ice) but this week it's an onlslaight of "Triple Duff" action featuring interviews with Hilary Duff, Duff McKagan and Duffy! Doot doola doot doo .. duff duff!


Ultrathin & Tonstartssbandht
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Two of Montreal's finest play live on Talk's Cheap. Ultrathin is a tripped-out loud-punk 3-piece with ties to recent WFMU live guests Pink Noise. They also oversee the top-notch cassette label Campaign for Infinity. Tonstartssbandht is two brothers, Orlando transplants, with a sound that ranges from funky tape loops, to floating soundscapes to feel-good fuzz-rock. Tonstartssbandht and Ultrathin are on a short US tour through Dec 18th, with multiple dates in NYC and Philadelphia, tour dates here and here.


C. Spencer Yeh / Chris Corsano / Nate Wooley, Part 1
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009, 6am - 9am
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
This supergroup of C. Spencer Yeh on violin/voice (Burning Star Core), Chris Corsano on drums (Flaherty/Corsano Duo, Bjork, Cold Bleak Heat, etc.), and Nate Wooley on trumpet (Melee, Crackleknob, Nate Wooley Quartet, solo, etc.) convene as a trio to cover WFMU's Love Room with sonic gold improv dust. They'll be doing Nate's song cycle "Seven Storey Mountain" a version of which is out now on Important Records. Tune in and pad your portfolio.


Blip Fest Warmup-Workout
Monday, December 14th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
Sound and Safe with Trent
DJ Trent gears up for this weekend's Blip Festival with a visit from some of the folks behind the massive 3-day explosion of old-style video game sounds.  Patric Catani, Peter Swimm, Je Deviens DJ En Trois Jour, and Glomag exploit the deepest, brightest sounds from the edges of the 8-bit live on Sound and Safe.

Make sure to tune into WFMU's live webstream from the Blip Festival this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at http://wfmu.org/blip.


Geoff Manaugh, author of the BLDGBLOG book & blog
Monday, December 14th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture

Geoff's a consistently fascinating writer on architecture, contributing editor to Wired UK, and a former DJ. Expect discussion to range from architectural acoustics & unexpected sample-discovery to a selection of Geoff's favorite techno.


Ky Hote's George Harrison tribute
Monday, December 14th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

A couple of years after George Harrison passed, guitarist Ky Hote decided that a tribute concert was needed in his Austin hometown. Ky and fellow musician Owl Morrison started a series of tribute concerts to Harrison in 2005, which has now expanded to runs in Florida and New York City. Ky Hote and friends visit WFMU to chat about the "quiet Beatle" and to play a few of his tunes.


Holiday Spectacular: Debo Band + Pharaoh's Daughter Live
Saturday, December 12th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
A live music double-header: First, Boston's ebullient Debo Band, fresh from their NY debut at Drom (85 Ave A) Friday December 11, gives Ethiopian and Ethio-inspired grooves a unique brass band twist. Then, Basya Schechter and Pharaoh's Daughter sublimely conjure Judeo-Arab-Mediterranean musical concoctions. Their FMU session is a tune-up for a December 16 gig at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn - part of the annual Hannukah-sync'ed multi-venue Sephardic Musical Festival.


Ty Segall
Saturday, December 12th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T is excited to welcome from San Francisco, Ty Segall. He amazed us with his one- man band Traditional Fools, and now Ty Segall is wowing us all the more with his band, cranking fuzzed-out, lo-fi, '60s and '70s punk-influenced DIY garage rock! Ty Segall will be playing songs from his 2009 LP "Lemons" (Goner) and his 1st album (CastleFace). Ty Segall will also be playing live in San Francisco on Dec 12 at Café Du Nord.


Hans-Joachim Roedelius + Alessandra Celletti
Friday, December 11th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) recently teamed up with Italian Alessandra Celletti to do a collaborative piece titled "Sustanza di Cose Sperata" (Substance of Things Hoped For). After performing the piece at a handful of festivals in Europe the duo are coming to America to do three shows - in LA, San Francisco, and New York (December 12th when they perform at at Saint Peter's Church on Lexington Avenue & 54th Street).


Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found
Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Dave the Spazz welcomes author Joe Bonomo to discuss his new book "Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found," a comprehensive, behind the scenes look at the wildest rock & roll show ever recorded: Jerry Lee Lewis Live at the Star Club.


Métal Rouge Rarities
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Métal Rouge, the improvisational duo of Helga Fassonaki and Andrew Scott, started in Auckland, NZ, and now operate out of Los Angeles. Their pieces haunt, drone, crunch and hover, like good and bad feelings threatening to happen, and arriving when one least suspects. See the band's MySpace page (linked above) for their dazzling list of inspirations and influences, some song samples, as well as several live video clips. In lieu of a My Castle of Quiet visit, Métal Rouge have graciously provided WFMU with a disc's worth of rarities, all tracks from ultra-limited, or as-yet-unreleased, lathe-cut vinyl and CDr releases, including several collaborations with other artists and an Andrew Scott solo piece. Tune in when Wm. Berger airs 60 minutes from Métal Rouge Rarities, followed by a post of the full collection to WFMU's Beware of The Blog and Free Music Archive on 12/16. Their newest release, "Ephemeroptera V," is currently in rotation on WFMU's airwaves.


All Ice Special! Nardwuar vs. Ice Cube, Ice T and Vanilla Ice!
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
With the change of the seasons arrives an "All Ice" Special of the Nardwuar Show with three individuals guaranteed to bring the chill into your ears. Forget about getting warm, take off your Toque (or Skull Cap!) and Get Iced! Doot doo!


GNAW
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

As former member of O.L.D. and Khanate, Alan Dubin has etched a blackened hash mark forever into the totem pole of tortured throat purveyors; his terrifyingly raw, sometimes electronically manipulated shrieks are a thing of alien nature to say the least. GNAW began in 2006 with members of Burning Witch, Enos Slaughter, Ike Yard and sound design wizard Brian Beatrice, released their debut "This Face" this past year on Conspiracy, and are making some radio doom this afternoon on BT's show. You can also catch GNAW live on Saturday, November 14th at the Apex Fest III, which happens on the 13th as well at SIR, 520 25th Street in Manhattan. They also play Europa in Greenpoint on December 5th.


The Demands & The Sights
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
The Demands mix sultry soul with driving punk and glam for an original hook-filled sound that has been flooring audiences in New York and New Jersey for most of this decade. You'd never think just three people could make such an engaging racket! Their latest release is 2009's "High Wire" on Deep Eddy Records out of Austin, Texas.

After taking the last few years off, the Sights, one of the prime movers on the Detroit rock and roll scene, are back with a new lineup and a new batch of songs. This will be their third trip to WFMU.


Bent Spoon Duo
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, 6am - 9am
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Last year, Bug Incision Records sent a clutch of releases to WFMU, many of which included the percussion work of Chris Dadge. What was this amazing music? Seemingly out of nowhere (actually Calgary, Canada) came this fully formed parade of improv, a vibrant and less cynical version than occasionally emanates from the NYC music environs. Bug Incision is the work of Chris Dadge and associates who do the label and run a concert series (and at one time a local radio series, as well). After exchanging some emails with Chris, he and Scott Munro, together known as the Bent Spoon Duo, kindly put together today's set especially for The Long Rally. I could tell you what instruments the two will play but I'd be guessing since anything goes: drumset, violin, sk-1, upright bass, trombone, electronics, vocals, etc. Expect spirited, reflexive and all-consuming improvisation.


Monkeyworks
Monday, December 7th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

For a number of years Monkeyworks has been bending jazz improv in on its left ear. This New Jersey musical collective adds a dash of electronica to its sound, its seven-plus members swelling in a "Bitches Brew-style" swirl of sound. Monkeyworks recorded a set for Irene and the resulting controlled chaos will be presented for your ears' delight on WFMU.


Puerto Plata
Saturday, December 5th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

José Cobles, nicknamed Puerto Plata after the town where he was born in the Dominican Republic in 1923, has been singing and playing almost since the day he was born.  But various obstacles - first from the repressive Trujillo regime and later, societal trends in general - limited his musical opportunities.  So he had never recorded an LP until 2007, when IASO, a label dedicated to the acoustic roots of Dominican music, released his acclaimed debut "Mujer de Caberet".  Puerto Plata stops by to talk about his life in music and his brand new second release on IASO, "Casita de Campo".


Lakeside Lounge Ichiban Stream Live Remote Launch Party
Saturday, December 5th, 2009, 1pm - 3pm
on Fool's Paradise with Rex

Join us as WFMU broadcasts live from the legendary Lakeside Lounge! See the brightest lights in WFMU's galaxy of stars shine! Featuring Rex from Fool's Paradise, Dave The Spazz, Gaylord Fields, Debbie From Georgia PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS! All assembled to celebrate the launch of WFMU's brand new Ichiban Rock and Soul Webstream! The premier online destination for fun-lovers and thrill-seekers everywhere! Experience radio live and in the flesh! Win fabulous prizes! See uninhibited women! Enjoy alcoholic beverages! Authentic reproduction Jivaro shrunken heads will be given away to lucky attendees! Be there when broadcast history is made! That's Saturday December 5th from 1PM to 6PM at The Lakeside Lounge (162 Avenue B in Manhattan).


Even More Whacked-out Hillbilly 45s
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
In anticipation of the Lakeside Lounge Ichiban Rock & Soul stream live remote, nutty record collector Greg Germani from Decatur, Georgia once again drops by Music To Spazz By armed with crates of obscure country and hillbilly records to wing at the city folk. Expect more drunken odes to orphaned children, murderers, skid row, hippies, winos, suicide, women's lib, truck-driving, hare-brained novelties, hillbillies in the White House, monkeys, odes to Sheriff Buford Pusser, high school drop-out hillbilly millionaires, junkies, pro-Vietnam songs, midgets, LSD, train rides to hell, Billy Beer, Satan, go-go dancing young ladies in hot pants and a truckload of screwball honky-tonkers. It'll be like listening to "Rubber Room" for three hours but in Hillbilly Smell-O-Vision!


Roland P. Young
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Roland P. Young , the mystical free jazz innovator, will perform live on This is the Modern World with Trouble. In 1980 Roland P. Young, recently relocated from the Bay Area, released 'Isophonic Boogie Woogie' to a somewhat sceptical East Coast scene who was not prepared for his unique synthesis of free jazz, global references and original electronic meanderings.  Re-issued a few years ago in Japan this 1980 knockout has finally found the acclaim and recognition it originally deserved. Hear Roland P. Young perform live and discuss aspects of his profound sound.


Nardwuar vs. Nas and MC Supernatural
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Nardwuar interview Nas and Supernatural at the Rock The Bells festival.


Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater with John Darnielle, A.J. Jacobs and the cast of Oleanna.
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater in Manhattan for a live broadcast on Wednesday, December 2nd from 6-7pm. Ken and Andy's guests will include John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, A.J. Jacobs, author of the Guinea Pig Diaries, and several cast members of the David Mamet play Oleanna. Additionally, Andy agreed as part of his 24 Hour Marathon stunt to do the entire show in his underwear and Ken has agreed to be legally drunk. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but if you bring an extra pair of underwear, Andy may be shamed into reimbursing your admission.


Deidre O'Connell discusses 19th century ex-slave piano wonder Blind Tom
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Author and music historian Deidre O'Connell will spend an hour with Irwin on Wednesday, December 2, discussing the 19th century piano genius, Blind Tom Wiggins. O'Connell's new book, The Ballad of Blind Tom: Slave Pianist, chronicles the life of a legendary musical prodigy who was arguably the most famous American pianist of the 19th century. Born in 1849 to slave parents, Tom displayed early musical talent on his master's family piano, demonstrating an amazing ability to replicate complex performances after one hearing. Later he was able to play two songs simultaneously with his back to the keyboard, and became a skillful composer. Diagnosed by 19th century clinicians as an idiot (though today presumed to have been autistic), Wiggins possessed remarkable skills, including the ability to perform odd athletic feats and mimic nature sounds with his voice. He criss-crossed the U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean countless times during a 40-year performing career, and his fans included Mark Twain. Yet Tom died in obscurity in a small Hoboken flat in 1908. In addition to discussing the life of Blind Tom, O'Connell will present recent recordings of Tom's musical compositions, as well as songs composed about and inspired by Tom's legacy.


Manikin
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Manikin's Stop The Sirens LP got quite a few spins on WFMU at the end of the summer - now, here's your chance to hear them play live! Their tight post-punk sound has drawn comparisons to Wire, Big Black, Joy Division and early Sonic Youth. Tune in Tuesday December 1 at 11pm and draw some comparisons of your own. Crayons not required.


3-Hour LAFMS Retrospective, plus live set from Airway
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Formed in the early 1970's, the Los Angeles Free Music Society was a collective of experimental artists and musicians that produced a gushing river of output (well-documented in Cortical Foundation's 10CD box set in the late 90's) with severe dedication to anything-goes sound invention. Groups like the Doo-Dooettes, Le Forte Four, Solid Eye, Extended Organ, Smegma and others delved into free jazz utilizing homebuilt instruments, junkyard noise and bizarre live antics that melded with the L.A. punk explosion (and in many cases excelled its extremities). In the 1980's the LAFMS scene directly fed the fledgeling noise scene of Japan, with one group in particular, Airway, providing direct inspiration for the Hanatarash and Hijokaidan. On today's show, Brian welcomes Airway to the studio for a live set and overview of the history of the LAFMS, with key players Tom Recchion, Dennis Duck, Rick Potts, Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen and others in house! Airway also played at the Mike Kelley-curated noisefest for Performa at the Gramercy on November 21st!


Samara Lubelski, followed by Redwing Blackbird
Monday, November 30th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
"Future Slip," Samara Lubelski's fifth solo effort, takes a more electric path than past folkier creations of hers. Samara's now a part of Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace! family of recording artists. Lubelski's collaborators include P.G. Six, Helen Rush and Willie Lane on her traditionally complex avant folk. Samara Lubelski dropped by and recorded a trio set for WFMU just before heading off on tour.

Then another ensemble of wandering musicians, Redwing Blackbird, traveled down from their New Hampshire digs to play a few nights in the Northeast and NYC. Based around the core of longtime friends Austin Wright and Eric Gagne, the duo is now expanded to a quartet and have a number of intricate new folk tunes in advance of recording their next album. On their most recent trip to New York, Redwing Blackbird did a fine recording for Irene in the WFMU studio.


Ohioan
Monday, November 30th, 2009, Midnight - 3am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The wandering troubadours of the Improvamericana made their way from Portland, OR, to Jersey City, shedding some 80 percent of their mass and ending up a duo by the time they arrived at WFMU to play slide guitars and quiet drums and songs you might recognize if you listen real close.


Cyminology
Saturday, November 28th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

A live session and interview with Cyminology, the Berlin-based multi-cultural ensemble led by Iranian-born singer Cymin Samawatie. Cymin's fluid combination of refined Persian poetry with jazz-oriented arrangements impressed ECM records honcho Manfred Eicher - who signed them up to his influential Munich label for the group's sophomore CD, "As Ney," released earlier this year.


Decapitated Hed
Saturday, November 28th, 2009, 2am - 6am
on
Nat Roe
Baltimore's Decapitated Hed is Timothy Wisniewski, proprietor of Spleencoffin records. With his solo project, Decapitated Hed, Tim drives an old Dr. Rhythm through shorted, outdated consumer electronics. His most recent 12" Subversive Club Processes has blown away a lot of WFMU DJs with pounding rhythms and precisely controlled feedback manipulation. On Nat Roe's program, Tim will improvise a live set along with some impromptu collaging. Don't miss his live NYC performance (along with WFMU favorites Telecult Powers) at Noisegiving 2009 festival, held the evening of the 28th at Brooklyn's Department of Human Works.


DJ Spooky, MC Paul Barman, Themselves
Friday, November 27th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
The day after Thanksgiving will be a hectic one in the WFMU on-air studios when guests stopping by will include DJ Spooky, Themselves, and MC Paul Barman. Barman, who was once a WFMU volunteer, returns after a break from music with the impressive new album "Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud" featuring such guests as Michel Gondry, Questlove, Prince Paul, DOOM, and Masta Ace. Meantime DJ Spooky (That Subliminal Kid), fresh back from shows in Russia and right before a series of shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House for the Next Wave Festival, will discuss his new album "The Secret Song" which tackles the topic of global economics. And Oakland's Themselves' Jel and Doseone return to WFMU when the Anticon duo will talk about their new album "CrownsDown" and also spit some freestyles.


Bronwyn C. fills in for Fabio
Thursday, November 26th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Be Thankful! Bronwyn C. fills in for Fabio this Thursday, 11/26. Due to a scheduling malfunction, she will also be conducting a live interview with Fabio's intended guest, Belgian sound artist Herman Van Rompuy. Thanksgiving Day, from 3:00-6:00, on WFMU.


An Inner-Ear Thanksgiving (David Suisman fills in for Trouble)
Thursday, November 26th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on
Inner Ear Detour with David
Can you think of a better way to whet your appetite for a day of gastronomic indulgence than with three hours of food songs? Neither can we! So tune in on Thanksgiving morning, as David takes you on a gustatory musical adventure, and fill up your plate with everything from "Memphis Soul Stew" to "Peaches en Regalia."


Nardwuar vs. ?uestlove and T-Pain!
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Narwuar interviews ?uestlove and T-Pain! Doot doola doot doo .. doot doo!


Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

New York musician Jennifer Charles, vocalist of the band Elysian Fields, will curate an hour of her recordings on Irwin's program Weds. Nov. 25. Charles has forged a career perhaps best described as a slow burn. Singing, writing, or producing, she has appeared on over forty releases, sung and recorded in eight languages, and her resume includes an impressive list of names. She has long collaborated with Elysian Fields guitarist Oren Bloedow, and has worked with Jim "Foetus" Thirlwell, Ed Pastorini, John Zorn, Jean-Louis Murat, DJ Logic, Mike Patton, Dan the Automator, Miho Hatori, Frank London, Firewater, Edie Brickell, The Chrome Cranks, and Chris Vrenna of Nine Inch Nails. For the Nov. 25 program, Charles will spin Elysian Fields rarities and B-sides, selections from La Mar Enfortuna (the Elysian Fields Sephardic side project), along with little known tracks from her many collaborations. Also featured will be Elysian Fields' latest release "The Afterlife," which drops Nov. 27, on which date the band will perform at Joe's Pub.


Felix Kubin spins disks and chats on Ken's Show
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on
Ken's show
Wednesday, November 25th from 10:30 am to Noon, Ken welcomes Felix Kubin to play rare tracks and talk about his various projects. Felix Kubin is a Hamburg-based artist, playwright, musician and fake Dada-Socialist Part Leader. He is in New York for his first US performances, on Sunday 11/22 at the Issue Project Room, and Tuesday, 11/24 at Santos Party House.


The Axemen
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

One of the big touring surprises for 2009 has to be the visit of New Zealand's legendary Axemen to U.S. shores. The band began in Christchurch in 1981 and stood somewhat aside of the pop path exhibited by much of the the Flying Nun label roster, but are without doubt one of the more fascinating Kiwi exports. Various live shows and releases displayed a loose but virulent amalgamation of avant-garage, Half Japanese style sax primitivism, confusion, and general air of maladjusted greatness. They've got two reissues "Big Cheap Motel" and "Scary!" out now on Siltbreeze, and are hitting the road coast to coast with Times New Viking. You can catch them in the NYC area November 18th at Mercury Lounge, 19th at Union Pool, and 20th at Maxwells in Hoboken!


Josh Gosfield Presents Gigi Gaston: The Black Flower
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

Josh Gosfield has assembled the definitive archive devoted to the 1960s French pop star Gigi Gaston, consisting of record art, snapshots, magazines covers, songs and films detailing the rise and fall of this controversial and elusive yé-yé chanteuse. He will even reveal the reason for Gigi's elusiveness: She never existed! Gosfield, a prodigiously talented painter, photographer, illustrator and videographer, created an entire audiovisual history of this fake femme, which can be examined in all its meticulously rendered glory at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Manhattan through Wednesday, November 25. Tune in to learn about the singer who puts the "no-no" in yé-yé!


Ben Miller & Frantz Loriot
Saturday, November 21st, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
on
Daniel Blumin's show
Tune in for a live improv collaboration between Ben Miller (Destroy All Monsters, Nonfiction, Dirty Old Man River, degeneration) and French violist Frantz Lariot (David S. Ware, Thorax, Stalingrad). Multiphonic guitar, piezo objects, electronics, and viola - a pre-Thanksgiving experimental treat!


Vlada Tomova's Balkan Tales
Saturday, November 21st, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Singer and composer Vlada Tomova conjures original musical blends from her native Bulgaria and elsewhere in the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Vlada's vocal group Yasna Voices was featured prominently on the first Balkan Beat Box CD. Now she has assembled a stellar multi-instrumental ensemble and released her first full-length CD, "Balkan Tales." Vlada and ensemble will celebrate the new CD with a concert at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, NJ on December 5 - and they give us a live taste on tonight's show.


King Edward
Saturday, November 21st, 2009, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with King Edward, of King Edward & the BD's Band - one of the originators of the Virgina Beach Music scene, still going strong after 40+ years.


Weird NJ contributor Wheeler Antabanez
Friday, November 20th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Wheeler Antabanez the Weird NJ contributor, prankster, and beloved appreciator/documenter of abandoned run-down funky New Jersey buildings will talk about some of his wildest Garden State adventures and field phone calls on where the weirdest offbeat places in New Jersey can be found.


Nardwuar vs. Gossip and James Brown!
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Brand new interview with Gossip plus James Brown! Doot Doo!


Brian Turner's show
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm

Jody Stephens
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Drummer extraordinaire for the legendary Big Star, Jody drops by the WFMU studios to give us the lowdown on the new Big Star box set "Keep An Eye On the Sky" and the band's first New York show in years the next night in Brooklyn at Masonic Temple.


Jon Hopkins DJ Set
Monday, November 16th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

You might not know his name, but hey, have you ever heard Coldplay, Brian Eno, or Imogen Heap? Jon Hopkins produces for all of them, dropping his trademark futuristic electronic emotions into nooks and crannies that no one else really touches. Tune in to hear a DJ set straight from the deep, dark heart of his laptop. Jon's new album Insides is out now on Domino Records, and he's currently on the road with The XX and Royksopp, so watch out for him in a town near you.


Teenage Jesus & the Jerks
Monday, November 16th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Witness the harsh, guttural abuse of no wave legends Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, when Liz airs their live set from last month's WFMU Fest, which was held at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band has graciously allowed us to share this amazing reunion with WFMU listeners, and we couldn't be happier to unleash the havoc on your temporal lobe. Verbal assault and piercing guitar from none other than Lydia Lunch, bass by Swans genius Algis Kizys, and original TJJ member Jim Sclavunos pounds the drums one arm at a time, in the style of Lurch. Guaranteed to wilt your roses, crack your fillings, and disrupt your intestinal routine.


Ken Braun of Sterns Music on the great final years of Congolese legend Franco
Saturday, November 14th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Sterns Music, the venerable purveyor of African music has just released a beautifully packaged and well-documented 2-CD set of music from Congolese musical legend Franco's illustrious final years (the 1980s).  Nobody knows Congolese music better than Stern's stateside rep Ken Braun.  Ken will join us to give background and play the music.  He'll also explore some of Stern's recent releases of vintage West African music from the Syliphone label archives.  


De Cylinders
Saturday, November 14th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T is excited to welcome from the Netherlands, 1970's power pop/DIY legends De Cylinders to the show! In honor of Sing Sing Records reissuing their classic singles, the six-piece are playing their first-ever US shows, and we've got them at WFMU! De Cylinders will also be playing with Gentleman Jesse at the Cake Shop on November 14th and Bruar Falls on November 15th, but check them out on the CBC first!


Syl Johnson
Thursday, November 12th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Syl Johnson, soul music royalty, will visit This is the the Modern World with Trouble. In town to headline the Eccentric Soul Revue Tour, Syl will be accompanied by Michael Slaboch from Numero Group, the fab label who put together the Soul Revue.  Michael will spin some rarities and Syl will talk about his life on the road with such luminaries as Magic Sam, Howlin' Wolf and Freddie King.  Do tune in, it will be pretty special.


Ghost Moth
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Imagine jazz and power electronics enmeshing in unexpected ways, where feedback squeal and chirruping alto dance together like noisy wisps of smoke. Then, imagine lighter passages, stretches that sound more like John Coltrane or Didier Malherbe riffing over Klaus Schulze's "Cyborg" album. At least then, you'll have some outlying idea of the potential of Ghost Moth. The duo of renowned multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter and electronic musician Todd Brooks (aka Todd Pendu, aka Chaos*CM*Majik) inspired a Castle invitation with their glorious, 40-minute-plus improvisation on WKCR this past September. Cinematic and haunting, Ghost Moth join Wm. Berger on the magical date of 11/11. Join us at the long table. Bring no expectations and be lifted.


Nardwuar vs. Girl Talk and Lady Gaga!
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Brand new interview with Girl Talk plus Lady Gaga ! Doot doola doot doo ... doot doo!


Doug Gillard
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Doug has bended the strings for many classic combos including Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde, Death of Samantha, My Dad Is Dead, Gem and most recently embarking on a solo career. He's graced the WFMU airwaves many times before, and we are proud to welcome him to the Three Chord Monte program for the first time! His most recent release is 2009's "Call From Restricted."


El Perro Del Mar
Monday, November 9th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

Sound and Safe welcomes the angelic Swede with a voice that belongs only in the grandest cathedrals: El Perro Del Mar, AKA Sarah Assbring. Her new album "Love is Not Pop" is out now on The Control Group, and you can catch her on tour in November with Peter Bjorn and John - including 11/9 at Webster Hall.


Hopewell
Monday, November 9th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

For over a decade Hopewell has been blending vintage fuzz pedal jams with their early space rock and shoegaze roots. Now back with their sixth album, "Good Good Desperation," Hopewell inhabits a world where ~SThe Album~T is not a lost art, and invites listeners on a journey from dirty downtown New York City scenes to blissful Californian deserts. They join Irene for a live set on WFMU.


Joan La Barbara
Monday, November 9th, 2009, Midnight - 3am
on Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk

Composer and performer Joan La Barbara has been one of the most innovative experimenters in vocal sound art over the last two decades. Her work has covered theater, choral composition and interactive technology, and she has collaborated with Judy Chicago, Bruce Nauman, Steve Reich and Jim Hall. As a part of the Performa festival in New York in November, she will perform on the Futurist "intonarumori" noise machine, as well as presenting her piece "October Music: Star Showers and Extraterrestrials."


Yale Evelev - Luaka Bop turns 21
Saturday, November 7th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Luaka Bop is thought of as David Byrne's label but an equally or perhaps more powerful force behind the operation is his partner Yale Evelev.  Yale has dedicated his life to exploring music off-the-beaten path and getting it out there on disc.  (Prior to joining Luaka he was also involved for some years with the avant-garde-y New Music Distribution Service, a great friend to adventurous college freeform DJs of the 1980s.)  Luaka has finally reached drinking age and where better to celebrate than in swinging Jersey City?  Yale comes by to play and talk about some favorite releases from years gone by, and new things as well.  


UK Session Drummer Dougie Wright
Saturday, November 7th, 2009, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with UK Session Drummer Dougie Wright who played on scores of #1 hits like Edison Lighthouse "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes,"  Van Morrison & Them "Here Comes the Night" and Daniel Boone "Beautiful Sunday!"


Grass Widow
Saturday, November 7th, 2009, 2am - 6am
on
Nat Roe
Squeezed right in between two New York shows, Grass Widow will be stopping by Nat Roe's program to share a dose of their aggressive combination of surf rock, girl group harmonies, and art punk attitude. Coming off a 12" on Make A Mess, Grass Widow's ditties are as catchy as H1N1 and should appeal to fans of Vivian Girls, Cause Co-Motion, or any of the other twee goodness that makes our feet tingle.


Fall '09 Scratch Attack Session
Friday, November 6th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's Fall '09 Scratch Attack Session features visiting Italian DJ Skizo from the Alien Army crew, New York City turntablist trio the Buck 50 Kutters featuring D. Official, Dre' Mayes, & Dope-Man, Maryland turntablist & WFMU regular DJ ALF, and reigning DJ champ, DJ Shiftee who recently took the 2009 DMC World Championships title in London. Tune in, when all that scratching will make you itch.


Decapitado
Thursday, November 5th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Take an old school AmRep band, make them more dense and mix with a snowstorm -- that about sums up the sonic fury that is Decapitado. Featuring the distinct wail of Daniel Kubinski formerly of hardcore legends Die Kreuzen (dee kroytzin) on vocals and bass duties, Mike Olson of Realm on drums, and Andy Skeels on guitar, the 3 piece have a new 7", "Autowriter" just released. They'll be performing that as well as selections from their "Blacked" CD live on the show. Airing begins at 11:15 pm- tune in!


Nardwuar vs. Jay-Z, N*E*R*D & The San Diego Chicken!
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Jay-Z, N*E*R*D, plus in honour of the World Series of Baseball, The San Diego Chicken!


Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater with Reverend Billy, The Saw Lady, and Jason Bitner
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater in Manhattan for a live broadcast next Wednesday, November 4th from 6-7pm. Joining Ken and Andy will be the next mayor of New York City, (fresh from his landslide election the day before) Reverend Billy musical saw player Natalia Paruz (aka The Saw Lady), and editor of Found Magazine and "Cassette from my Ex" Jason Bitner. Plus, the most amazing ventriloquism act you have ever seen or heard. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but if you save your receipt, that tiny piece of paper will gradually increase in value until it almost exceeds the original admission price.


Wild Carnation
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Out of the Feelies/Speed the Plough Universe sprouts Wild Carnation, led by Feelies bassist Brenda Sauter.


Michael Holt
Monday, November 2nd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Back with another new album, Michael Holt brings his beautiful musicianship to WFMU. He describes his music this way, "An uplifting, melodic pop album with fifteen songs about relationships, nature, and our need to protect the planet. Folk rock, chamber pop, alternative, bossa nova, classical art songs, country, and an Appalachian folk ballad all wrapped up in one."


Pink Puffers Brass Band from Rome
Saturday, October 31st, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Pink Puffers brass band regularly fills the streets, squares and historical sites of Rome with their buoyant brand of funk, soul, jazz and New Orleans inspired originals and covers, not to mention the occasional Italian 70s film soundtrack. The youthful Italians hit our shores earlier this month at the invitation of the annual Boston-area HONK Festival of activist street bands. HONK festival bands are known for their Vaudevillian antics - stilt walking, juggling etc. - and outrageous costumes.  The Pink Puffer's own trademark bright pink outfits are more carnivalesque than "haunted house" - but their Vespa-throttling volume is definitely not for the timid. The thirteen Puffers squeeze into FMU Studio B for a blood-curdling live session.


Lover!
Saturday, October 31st, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is having a Halloween Party this Saturday with live music from Lover! Hailing from Memphis, Lover! features the amazing Rich Crook (of Lost Sounds, Reatards, Knaughty Knights fame!) Hear why Lover!s single "Ronny" was one of Terre T's Top 5 singles of 2008! They're currently on tour across the US in support of their new EP, "No Dreams Please." So tune in this Sat and hear Terre's kooky, spooky Halloween records and to hear Lover! who play such good punk-power-pop it's scary!


Gwilly Edmondez
Saturday, October 31st, 2009, 2am - 6am
on
Nat Roe
Gwilly Edmondez is possibly the best collager and shredder of analog tape samples on the planet. He's also very fond of smacking his lips together and making insane dadaist sound poetry - he's the best at that too because nobody else would ever deign do something so ridiculous! Gwilly will phone in an improvised vocal session all the way from Newcastle, England, where Gwilly teaches music majors at Newcastle University how to be as incorrect as him. Take a break from reality/sanity and tune in!


Slasher Risk
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Brooklyn's Slasher Risk combine so many elements close to the heart of the Castle: basement/practice-space noise; the sonic echoes of everything from Albrecht D, to The Velvet Underground, Total and Whitehouse; all this, and an overpowering live show. Basically one man, one woman, one or two guitars, sometimes a drum kit, some screaming, some effect boxes, and anything goes. Their recordings are eclectic and bewitching--from evocative interludes, to minimalist rock, to completely unhinged emotional release. Tune in when Andy and Sara bring their deranged, artful, psych-punk-splatter to My Castle of Quiet--as close to Halloween as we could get them.


Nardwuar vs. Kurt Cobain and Daniel Johnston
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
One of the last interviews Kurt Cobain ever did plus a brand *new* interview with Daniel Johnston. Doot doola doot doo ... doot doo!



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